Notes and analysis on the Leo Frank Case and it's aftermath by Tom Watson Brown, Emory University, 1982.
Leo Frank stated in a deposition (State's Exhibit B) that Phagan had been present with him in his office between 12:05 p.m. and 12:10 p.m. on April 26, 1913. At the month long trial (July 28 - August 21, 1913) on August 18, 1913, Leo Frank mounted the witness stand and responded to the damaging testimony of Monteen Stover contradicting his alibi, about him being alone with Mary Phagan between 12:05 pm and 12:10pm, with why his office had been empty between 12:05 p.m. and 12:10 p.m. on April 26, 1913
Now gentlemen [of the Jury], to the best of my recollection from the time the whistle blew for twelve o’clock [noon on Saturday, April 26, 1913] until after a quarter to one [12:46 p.m.] when I went up stairs and spoke to Arthur White and Harry Denham [at the rear of the fourth floor], to the best of my recollection, I did not stir out of the inner office [at the front of the second floor]; but it is possible that in order to answer a call of nature or to urinate I may have gone to the toilet [in the metal room at the rear of the second floor between 12:05pm and 12:10pm on April 26, 1913]. Those are things that a man does unconsciously and cannot tell how many times nor when he does it (Leo Frank Trial Statement, August 18, Brief of Evidence, 1913).
What Just Happened Here?
1. In Leo Frank's deposition to Atlanta Police on Monday morning April 28, 1913, he claimed to have been alone with Mary Phagan inside his second floor business office on April 26, 1913 between 12:05pm and 12:10pm.
2. Monteen Stover testified Leo Frank's office had been empty for the five minute period between 12:05 p.m and 12:10 p.m. on April 26, 1913.
3. Jim Conley testified on August 4, 1913 that he had found Mary Phagan dead at the men's toilet located within the machine department-section after Frank confessed to killing her back there in the metal room (where the only toilets existed on the second floor, See: Defendant's Exhibit 61 and State's Exhibit A).
4. Leo Frank said what? p. 186 of the Leo Frank Trial Brief of Evidence (1913).
More excellent books and reading on the subject include:
0. The Leo Frank Case (Mary Phagan) Inside Story of Georgia's Greatest Murder Mystery 1913
- The first neutral book written on the subject. Very interesting read.
1. The Murder of Little Mary Phagan by Mary Phagan Kean
(Available here on www.Archive.org). Written by Mary Phagan Kean, the great grand niece of Mary Phagan. A neutral account of the events surrounding the trial of Leo Frank. The Murder of Little Mary Phagan is well worth reading and it is a refreshing change from the endless number of Jewish and contemporary books turning the Leo Frank case into a neurotic race obsessed tabloid controversy.
2. American State Trials, volume X (1918) by John Lawson
Tends to be biased in favor of Leo Frank and his legal defense team, this document provides an abridged version of the Brief of Evidence, leaving out some important things said and details when it republishes parts of the trial testimony. Be sure to read the closing arguments of Luther Zeigler Rosser, Reuben Rose Arnold, Frank Arthur Hooper and Hugh Manson Dorsey. For a more complete version of the Leo M. Frank trial testimony, read the 1913 murder trial brief of evidence and you can see what was left out.
3. Argument of Hugh M. Dorsey in the Trial of Leo Frank
. Some but not all of the 9 hours of arguments given to the Jury at the end of the Leo Frank trial. Only 18 Libraries in the world have copies of this books. This is an excellent book and required reading to see how Dorsey in sales vernacular 'closed' a Jury of 12 men and Judge Roan.
4. Leo M. Frank, Plaintiff in Error, vs. State of Georgia, Defendant in Error. In Error from Fulton Superior Court at the July Term 1913, Brief of Evidence.
Extremely rare, only 1 copy exists, and it is at the Georgia State Archive.
Three Major Atlanta Dailies: The Atlanta Constitution, The Atlanta Journal, The Atlanta Georgian (Hearst's Tabloid Yellow Journalism), The most relevant issues center around April 28th to August 27th 1913.
5. Atlanta Constitution Newspaper: The Murder of Mary Phagan, Coroner's Inquest, Grand Jury, Investigation, Trail, Appeals, Shanking and Lynching of Leo Frank Case in the Atlanta Constitution Newspaper from 1913 to 1915.
6. The Atlanta Georgian newspaper covering the Leo Frank Case from April though August, 1913.
7. Atlanta Journal Newspaper, April, 28, 1913, through till the end of August, 1913, pertaining to the Leo Frank Case:
Leo Frank changes his murder alibi and supposes he might have been in the metal room bathroom at the time Monteen Stover said his office had been empty between 12:05pm and 12:10pm on Saturday, April 26, 1913:
See the Atlanta Constitution, Monday, March 9, 1914, Leo Frank Jailhouse Interview
8. Tom Watson's Jeffersonian Newspaper (1914, 1915, 1916 and 1917) and Watson's Magazine: Watson's Magazine, January 1915
, Watson's Magazine, March 1915
; Watson's Magazine, August 1915
, Watson's Magazine, September 1915
, and Watson's Magazine, October of 1915
. (Available here on www.Archive.org). Tom Watson's best work on the Leo M. Frank case was published in August and September 1915. Watson's five major magazine works written collectively on the Leo M. Frank topic, provide logical arguments confirming the guilt of Leo M. Frank with the superb reasoning of a genius lawyer.
These five 1915 works are absolutely required reading for anyone interested in the Leo M. Frank Case.
8.1. The Leo Frank Case By Tom Watson (January 1915) Watson's Magazine Volume 20 No. 3. See page 139 for the Leo Frank Case
. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga., Digital Source Archive.org
8.2. The Full Review of the Leo Frank Case By Tom Watson (March 1915) Volume 20. No. 5. See page 235 for 'A Full Review of the Leo Frank Case'. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga.
, Digital Source Archive.org
8.3. The Celebrated Case of The State of Georgia vs. Leo Frank By Tom Watson (August 1915) Volumne 21, No 4. See page 182 for 'The Celebrated Case of the State of Georgia vs. Leo Frank". Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga.
, Digital Source Archive.org
8.4. The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert By Tom Watson (September 1915) Volume 21. No. 5. See page 251 for 'The Official Record in the Case of Leo Frank, Jew Pervert'. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga.
, Digital Source Archive.org
8.5. The Rich Jews Indict a State! The Whole South Traduced in the Matter of Leo Frank By Tom Watson (October 1915) Volume 21. No. 6. See page 301. Jeffersonian Publishing Company, Thomson, Ga.
, Digital Source: Archive.org
Tom Watson's Jeffersonian Weekly Newspaper
9. The archive of Tom E. Watson Digital Papers, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, contains the full collection of Jeffersonian Newspapers: http://www.lib.unc.edu/dc/watson
Leo Frank cult members (known as Frankites) are posing as neutral reviewers and attempting to convince people not to read Tom Watson's analysis about the Frank-Phagan affair. Watson's analysis of the case is the controversial forbidden fruit of truth that have been censored for more than 100 years.
For a nearly complete selection of: Tom Watson's Jeffersonian newspaper articles related to the Murder of Mary Phagan and Leo Frank Case
. Tom Watson discusses the Leo Frank Case in his Jeffersonian newspapers from 1914 to 1917.
Tom Watson Brown, Grandson of Thomas Edward Watson
10. Notes on the Case of Leo M. Frank
, By Tom W. Brown, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1982.
Leo Frank Case Research and Analysis
11. Leo Frank Trial and Appeals Georgia Supreme Court File (1913 to 1914)
(1,800 pages). http://archive.org/details/leo-frank-georgia-supreme-court-case-records-1913-1914